Scarborough’s Rouge River Untouched by Development
The 250 km-long Rouge River flows from the Oak Ridges Moraine in Richmond Hill to Lake Ontario in Scarborough, at Toronto’s eastern border with Pickering. On its way, it twists and winds through these cities as well as Markham, flowing past conservation areas and into several tributaries, including Little Rouge Creek, Katabokokonk Creek, Morningside Creek, Exhibition Creek, Robinson Creek, Eckardt Creek, Bruce Creek, Berczy Creek, Carleton Creek, Beaver Creek, and Apple Creek.
Rouge is French for red. The red River that courses through Toronto has been largely untouched by development. Farmland and park lands surround most of it, making it a great place to see wildlife, go hiking, canoeing, swimming or fishing. The Rouge River provides seasonal fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, coho, chinook salmon, suckers, bullhead and carp.
Where: 195 Rouge Hills Drive, Toronto, ON M1B 5W8
What: Located on Lake Ontario in Scarborough, Rouge Beach is a popular summer spot for area residents. It offers sandy beaches that are open for swimming seasonally, access to the Waterfront trail, and the Rouge River for canoeing, fishing, and spotting wildlife.
Where: Meadowvale Road, Scarborough, ON M1C 1R8
What: Rouge Park is a 5,000 hectare urban wilderness park along the border of Toronto and Pickering that is largest and best examples of Canada's rare Carolinian habitat. In 1995, Rouge Park was created to permanently protect these sensitive ecosystems for the public. The park is the perfect escape for city dwellers who want to reconnect with nature. Visitors to the park can go hiking on kilometres of trails, canoe or fish on the Rouge River or go swimming at the Beach.
Where: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7
What: The Toronto Zoo is located on the western boundary of Rouge Park and is part of the Rouge River’s watershed. The Toronto Zoo sits on 287 hectares of land. There are over 10 kilometres of walking trails, and it houses over 5,000 animals from more than 500 species.